Digital Media Summer Camp
The 2017 Digital Media Summer Camp will be held June 11-17—7 days and 6 nights on Mercer's Macon, Ga. campus—and many students attend for FREE!
Each summer, top high school students from some of the top journalism, yearbook and media programs from around the United States travel to Mercer University to learn the latest tools for digital storytelling from “one of the nation’s boldest journalism experiments” (The New York Times). Working with CCJ's univeristy faculty, journalists in residents and partner journalists, you will:
- Build mobile apps
- Hone your writing & photography skills
- Improve your social media usage
- Try your hand at radio & video
- Work with professional editors & reporters
If you are a high school student interested in telling compelling stories through photo, video, audio, the written word and mobile tools, this camp is for you. You won't spend your time cooped up in a classroom; you'll get out into the community, practicing new skills with professionals guiding you. We'll also have many fun activities (this is camp, after all).
In seven days, campers learn or improve their knowledge of, and skills in, DSLR cameras, Premiere, Photoshop, Audition, writing for the mobile web and more. They interview real people to tell their story in a compelling multimedia format and publish the results. See the fine work from 2016 campers at the Musicians in the Macon site and that of 2015 campers at BeingSouthern.us.
What others have said:
- The CCJ's Digital Media Summer Camp in Macon was a great experience for Odyssey Newsmagazine and Odyssey Online students. Through hands-on, team-based and individualized instruction, students were able to experiment, to succeed, and even to fail in a safe learning environment. Lessons learned this summer have informed our production this year and likely for years to come.—David A. Ragsdale, Clarke Central High School adviser
- My students came back enthusiastic about the potential for creating and using apps and motivated to build our multimedia storytelling. They enjoyed the experience, and it propelled several of them to apply to Mercer when they hadn't considered it before. One of my juniors spoke to broadcast sophomores about how cool it was to feel like a college student for a week. She was particularly excited about getting to stay in the “really nice dorms.” —Jon Reese, Decatur High School adviser and Georgia director of JEA
- Various students:
- Best camp I’ve ever been to! You will gain A LOT of information!
- You get to meet people from all over the country who have some of the same interests as you, and it's a whole lot of fun!
- A great look into the world of journalism.
- I went into camp only ever having been exposed to print journalism, and came out of it with knowledge in every field possible, from photojournalism to radio to television. Every single person at Camp CCJ was dedicated to facilitating our opportunities for the future and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
- This camp provides us with the necessary skills and a little more to stand out in this modern age of journalism. Definitely go!
- You should attend this camp because you will learn skills that will help you further expand your creativity as we search for more efficient ways in reaching the community with the news.
- This camp is the most informative, fun, and educational camp that isn’t educational but teaches you the skills and preps you for what you need to know in order to go into the journalism field.
- This is a really great camp if you want to do what you love while having fun. I enjoyed every second we worked on the projects because I was doing what I loved.
- A lot of times you feel like you’re just this weird person with these weird interests, but I really felt a sense of togetherness and understanding (at camp) in all of our bustling, weirdness.
- It's a great way to understand the true meaning of college living. You get a great experience and meet many new people!
- The CCJ camp was so much fun because we didn’t just act like journalists. We were journalists trying to find the perfect story for our projects.
- At camp CCJ you'll be challenged while still having a blast. What other camp can you live tweet during lectures? You get to learn a ton about journalism, from great journalists, and then be a journalist.
When: June 11-17, 2017. 7 days, 6 nights. We will begin late Sunday afternoon on June 11 and dismiss with breakfast on Saturday, June 17.
Where: Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Who should attend: Rising 10th-12th graders with an interest in journalism and digital media. (Camp alumni who are graduating seniors are eligible to apply for leadership positions.)
Costs: Many students will receive full scholarships to attend for FREE, thanks to CCJ's grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The full cost of the camp is $595.
What's included: Tuition, housing (in the new Mercer Lofts with private bedrooms), food, supplies, activities, use of the CCJ Digital Media Lab as well as use of CCJ cameras and audio equipment.
Application: Apply online. No payment is expected until after we notify you of acceptance and scholarship decisions. We may ask for additional information to support the application (including the scholarship request).
Scholarship: Fill out the application above, then provide the following:
At least one recommendation letter (two are welcome). One letter should be from a publication advisor or professional with exposure to your relevant skills.
- Samples of relevant work—for example, published newspaper clips, broadcast clips, apps you've built or programming samples. If work was part of a group project, clearly state what you did.
Email this material to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to: Center for Collaborative Journalism, Attn: Summer Camp, 1400 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31207.
Deadlines: We've extended the application deadline to May 1st. Late applications may be accepted, space permitted. Space is limited, and we will accept applicants on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early to maximize your chances of getting accepted and winning a scholarship.
What to bring: A great attitude and a strong work ethic; clothes and toiletries for seven days, including clothes appropriate for indoor and outdoor activities in the Georgia summer (a swimming pool is available). Optional: spending money for optional activities, snacks, etc.; an external hard drive. You are welcome to bring your own laptop and equipment; however, CCJ is not responsible for your belongings, and our production software is only available on lab computers.
Expectations: We and your classmates depend upon your full participation. You will need to attend (physically and mentally) all classes and sessions. Missing classes or showing up late repeatedly may result in your being dropped from the program. Complete your assignments on time and seek help when it's needed. Journalists must meet deadlines; so must you. Be professional and respectful. Obey instructors, counselors and other staff; rules are there for the safety and benefit of you and your classmates. Failure to follow rules and exercise basic courtesy may result in your dismissal from the program. Have fun and learn.